Vigils Held for 8-Year-Old Thomas Kossow

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – There’s a very somber mood in the Stateline tonight as dozens remember 8 year-old Thomas Kossow, the boy allegedly stabbed to death by his mother. There were several vigils held in his honor tonight by people who say they’re still struggling with the idea that such a wonderful boy is no longer with us.

Songs of prayer filled the night sky as neighbors and family friends gathered in front of LubePros in Loves Park to remember 8-year-old Thomas Kossow.

“Anything like this is a tragedy,” said Colleen Green. “When it comes to a child people come together and we need to support the family as much as we can.”

“Sooner or later it’ll get a little easier but it’ll always be hard,” says Chad Rogers.

Rogers works with Thomas’ father Mike at LubePros. He organized the gathering outside where the two work. Rogers lost a child two years ago and says he understands the pain his friend is suffering.

“I don’t know how else to put it,” said Rogers, “but if you’ve never lost a child just imagine it was your own. You’ll get just the tip of the iceberg of the pain one feels.”

Thomas’ family did not attend tonight’s vigil or the one earlier in the day outside the home where the young boy lived and was killed. Neighbors were on hand remembering a boy they say was very loved.

“I’ve never seen him sad,” said neighbor Dwayne Carter. “He was always happy.”

As people remember young Thomas, some of them can’t help but think about his father’s pain, after he’s lost so much seemingly overnight.

“Not only did he lose his son,” said Christina Maynard, “[but] he lost his wife. Their daughter lost her mother and brother.”

Thomas’ mother Jody Kossow is in jail tonight awaiting a bond hearing set for October 10th.

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